Gregory Bender

Swing arm removal

Moto Guzzi Quota 1000 and Quota 1100 ES models

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Thanks to Glenn Tucker for sending me this information via email. In Glenn's own words:

You will do at 10,000 kilometer intervals the drive shafts in your Gootsie! Today we look at a Quota. Here is mine up on bench and tied down. So no trips or falls, on my head.

Photo courtesy of Glenn Tucker.

Take lots of pics as you go, to ensure it goes back together as you found it. The swing arm pins, are installed to locate and centre the swing arm, so note how yours are before you loosen them. My fingers are making a L for left, side.

Photo courtesy of Glenn Tucker.

Photo courtesy of Glenn Tucker.

Photo courtesy of Glenn Tucker.

Photo courtesy of Glenn Tucker.

Photo courtesy of Glenn Tucker.

Note the threads.

Photo courtesy of Glenn Tucker.

This shows a linkage, I have written TOP on it.

Photo courtesy of Glenn Tucker.

The washers go where?

Photo courtesy of Glenn Tucker.

So the swing arm is out, you will want to grease all of the splines with high pressure grease, check the cardan joint, perhaps disassemble the cardan and grease it as well. Check the boot over the cardan joint, mine was perished, about USD $15.00 for a newy.

Now to paint the Swing arm and anything else that needs a touch up.

Photo courtesy of Glenn Tucker.

Photo courtesy of Glenn Tucker.

So while I had it apart I checked the paint , bolts and general area whereby the rear subframe bolts to the main frame. Time to paint if ur pedantic like me. Also clean the frame and use vasoline to increase conductivity where the earth cables bolt to the frame.

Also remove the last two suspension linkage bolts and grease/re grease the linkage friction points.

Photo courtesy of Glenn Tucker.